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Baerstchi to miss remaining two games with neck injury

The Vancouver Canucks announced today that Sven Baertschi will miss the remaining two games of the season due to an upper body/neck injury.

Willie Desjardins said he doesn’t believe surgery will be required.

Sven Baertschi left Thursday night’s game against the Arizona Coyotes in the third period and was brought back to Vancouver for re-evaluation.

The 24-year old is in the midst of his best NHL season, having scored 18 goals and 17 assists in 68 games. 16 of those goals have come at even strength.

He led all Canucks in 5v5 points per hour, scoring at a 1.89 clip.

Baertschi has also played 15:53 TOI per game, which is two minutes more per night than his career average of 13:57 per game.

Towards the end of the year, the line of Bo Horvat, Markus Granlund and Baertschi saw a big bump from coach Desjardins.

Baertschi’s TOI got bumped more and more as the season went on and he averaged nearly 18 minutes per night in March and April.

In a season that has been lost due to some poor team performance, Baertschi has been a bright spot on a dark season.

He has one year left on a deal that is paying him $1.85 million a year.

The Canucks acquired Baertschi on March 2nd, 2015 from the Calgary Flames in exchange for a 2015 second round draft pick. The Flames selected Swedish defenceman Rasmus Andersson with the acquired pick.

      • Fred-65

        After how many 1st O/A picks and the odd occassion when you actually missed that goal, you have the audacity to chide the Canucks for the first time since 1999 that they have such a high pick. ( Daniel Sedin, and prior to that 1990 Petr Nedved) Wow what can you say I can only assume ignorance or the fact maybe you were’t born in 1999

        • Carl Smith

          How can YOU have the audacity to speak to a fan of a team that has won a Stanley Cup in the past? We’ve rioted and destroyed our own city more than once… and the Canucks still do not have a single cup to their name.

          You should be absolutely ashamed. No wonder the rest of the NHL is laughing at our team. You come at other fans that have seen a winning team with that BS? Stop it right now.

    • Carl Smith

      It’s a very likely possibility. Unfortunately, Baer has had concussion issues in the past and seems to be injury prone. He would of scored at least 20 goals if he played a full season.

  • Fred-65

    Baertschi is 25 when next season starts, his personael high for a season is this current season (18 + 17 ) IMO he’s already reached his top end. He is not a 1st line winger on any other team. I tend to think he’s reached his plateau. I can’t think of any 1st line winger who needs time in the press box to get his attention ( both this year and last ) IMO Granlund has surpassed him, he has more desire and will get into the dirty area. The fact he’s injured is a plus, we don’t want to win either of these two games